Independent committee on foreign workers to start work in two weeks

30 Sep 2018 / 18:44 H.

IPOH: The independent committee that coordinates the overall policies and management of foreign workers will begin its work on the second week of October, according to Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran.
The committee would be headed by former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Yunus and former civil servants group (G25) spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin.
Kula Segaran said the committee would travel around the country from Perlis to Sabah to gain insights on the hiring of foreign workers.
"This independent committee will make recommendations to the government after gaining views on foreign workers so that a holistic decision can be reached," he told reporters after launching the 2018 Charity Fun Fair at the Sekolah Semangat Maju Ipoh, here today.
In addition, Kula Segaran said the government was discussing with several countries to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the entry of foreign workers into the country.
"Previous agreements with Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, India have already expired except with Sri Lanka. Even though we intend to sign it (MoU), but there are some restrictions that need to be settled first," he said.
Kula Segaran said among the problems that need to be addressed included the salary and insurance of the foreign workers.
On the event, the Ipoh Barat MP said more than 100 pupils from the special school for children with learning disabilities joined the programme. — Bernama

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